‘This is reading as a meander and a different kind of immersion in a subject than the reading I do when I’m working on poems with a specific theme. I tend to read novels to relax or to be lost in a narrative.’
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‘If I move to my laptop too soon I find it cuts off experiment and somehow ‘sets’ the poem in a way that makes if harder to make fundamental changes.’